The Mexican was continuing to show his own aggressive streak, having been forced to cut the chicane after a pass on Raikkonen failed to yield another spot. The pair would come together again, with graver consequences, twelve laps later...
Lotus had already lost one car, when Romain Grosjean was forced to retire after clattering into the back of Daniel Ricciardo exiting the tunnel. The Frenchman, having already had three separate accidents earlier in the weekend, appeared to miss his braking point on the run to the chicane, and lifted Ricciardo clean off the ground as he slammed into the back of the Toro Rosso, forcing both cars down the escape road. While the Australian was out on the spot, Grosjean rejoined and had picked up another new front wing before the team called him back in for good, the floor of his E21 damaged beyond repair.
With the safety car returning to aid the clear-up operation, Raikkonen received a warning that his engine was losing water while running slowly in the train, but Perez proved a more viable threat to the Finn's aim of beating Michael Schumacher's record number of consecutive points finishes. Barely had the race been restarted than the Mexican was launching another attack into the chicane, only to find Raikkonen pinching the gap between his car and the barrier. Although the Lotus appeared to be turning in slightly earlier than usual, it left Perez with nowhere to go. As his left rear clattered the Armco, so his front wing was shorn of endplates as it was caught in the sandwich, but somehow both cars continued without losing a position.
Raikkonen, however, had picked up a puncture in the contact and was quickly headed for the pits, his bid for a top ten finish apparently over. Perez, meanwhile, lasted only a couple more laps before the effects of his meeting with the barrier became apparently, the McLaren having picked up brake and suspension damage. Sutil, looking for a way past, tapped the ailing car at Rascasse and Button, having jumped Alonso at the same point a lap before, also bundled his way up the inside, preventing Perez from pitting and forcing him into retirement at the Antony Noghes run-off.
The final six laps proved comparatively uneventful until the chequered flag was waving. Rosberg duly took victory by 3.8secs over Vettel, while Webber, free from pressure from Hamilton, completed the podium. Hamilton, admitting that a slow entry to the pits for his tyre stop had cost him places, was fourth, from Sutil, Button and Alonso. Jean-Eric Vergne, after a competent afternoon, transformed tenth on the grid into eighth at the flag, while di Resta overcame his Saturday frustration to claim two points for ninth.
The Scot entered the last lap being chased by Nico Hulkenberg, but ended it being followed across the line by ……… Raikkonen, the Finn having somehow jumped from 13th to tenth in the space of two laps - passing Gutierrez and Bottas on 77 before going around the outside of Hulkenberg at Ste Devote last time through - to keep his scoring streak alive and move to within one of Schumacher's mark. Only a visit to the stewards to explain his pace under the safety car now stands between him and his point.
Rosberg's victory returned Mercedes to the top step for the first time since his maiden win in China last season, but Vettel's second place ensured that he stretched his advantage at the top of the points table, and Red Bull's 2-3 finish did likewise in the constructors' standings.